And the fallout continuesIn FB yesterday there was a post
"What should SCOMO do first as re-elected PM?"
I lost count of the
- Cut the ABC
- Sell the ABC
- Get rid of the ABC
Probably every 10th or lessor post
Money to a brick this "outpouring" against the ABC are for the most part sock puppets.
There is an alignment of political and financial interests that would *really* benefit from the ABC's demise well positioned to fund this sort of campaigning, and no-one really to counter it.
I've become increasingly reliant on the ABC for news, as the other mastheads have disappeared behind paywalls, their paper equivalents shrivelled up to be insufficient to wrap fish and chips.
Google and the other search engines now only give me "targeted" news links: one ABC link and the rest from the various Australian News Corp brands.
And the quality of ABC reporting this election was noticeably just a shadow of years gone by. Most of the "analysis", and half their "news" content is now an accumulation Twitter posts. And usually an attempt to stay "balanced" with a roughly equal number of ones negative and positive for both sides.
It also seems to me the Libs didn't even bother having a policy platform for this election. If they did, it wasn't published anywhere I saw. And dutifully the ABC only published as much Labor policy as Liberal.
Apart from the neutered ABC, with it's pseudo balance reporting of Twitter and Annabelle Crabb puff pieces, the rest of the election "coverage" has been NewsCorp, who have given up any pretence of being anything other than a propaganda outfit - and the endless Clive Palmer Ads.
Indeed my kids' YouTube, Google Search, Online games feeds and their only TV show "Lego Masters" have been flooded. They have no idea who Shorton or Morrison are. But they all know who Clive Palmer is, and about the immanent Chinese invasion.
To be perfectly honest, I don't there will be another Labor federal government in my lifetime. If a centrist policy platform is seen as a liability, politics in Australia will descend completely into a shouting match - where only one side has a voice.